It started out like any other morning, with music blaring from the alarm clock and the pitter patter of tiny feet letting me know it was time to rise from my slumber. But this wasn’t just any day—it was Thanksgiving and I had a very important job to do! So like a kid on Christmas morning, I flew down the stairs and into the driveway to light my Fire Magic smoker and preheat my BlueStar Range. My beautiful wife and my mother had prepped everything the day before—the turkey was brined and everything was perfect for the fantastic meal we were about to create as a family.
As Tom Thibeault posted the above image on facebook, it had me immediately pondering over how life gives us so much to be so grateful for, and yet how often misery it seems is the best we can hold on too. As Tom cooks for his family in this outdoor kitchen set-up just for Thanksgiving, I hope we can all take a few minutes to be grateful for all that we have, knowing that nothing is a guarantee, and realizing another may not be as blessed.
I am thankful for life, friends and acquaintances, my large extended family, mentors and detractors, having a vocation that inspires, a farm and home that is beyond idyllic, and for food at the table.
As tradition dictates every year, we gather around with family and friends and share a meal in honor of the things we are thankful for in our lives. Certainly I am thankful for many wonderful people in my life: my beautiful wife Laura; my three-year-old triplets, Aiden, Brenya, and Christian; my parents, Debbie and Terry; my cousin Randy and his girlfriend Sarah; and my amazing staff at Adirondack Appliance, just to name a few. I am also very grateful for my friends, both old and new, and especially for my good friends Suvir Saran and Charlie Burd. I am both honored and humbled that Suvir asked me to contribute to his blog, and I will do my best to both interest and entertain you through my culinary adventures in our home this Thanksgiving. I hope that by sharing with you what I have learned from Suvir, I can inspire you to get into your kitchen and cook, share your passion with friends, and improve the quality of your life.